Everybody always says that swears are the first words you start to pick up on in a foreign language. Or maybe they say that they’re the ones you should pick up. Either way, I am very capable of insulting someone should the occasion arise. (These are the phonetic spellings in the dialect I hear here in Abu Dhabi. Since neither you nor I would understand it if I wrote them in Arabic.)
Kelb- Dog. But more along the lines of bitch.
Hywan- Animal. Students say this all the time. They find it very insulting.
Arie fik- Fuck you. I don’t hear it that often, but it’s worth knowing.
Elhas teesi- Lick my asshole. I hear this often between friends in a joking manner.
Kusumak- Mother’s vagina. It’s highly insulting.
Sharmoota- Bitch or whore. Most common insult about a woman behind her back or when she does something displeasing.
Gahba- Also bitch or whore. Used less frequently here.
Air- Penis. I mostly think it’s funny because it literally is just the word air. My boyfriend and I joke about it often.
Interestingly, I always know when my boyfriend is talking to his cousin because his language suddenly includes many of these words. He says sharmoota more times in a conversation with his cousin than most people say in a lifetime. They think it’s fun to just string together a whole lot of swears at each other. It’s cute, maybe? And now you can do it too!